New year, new job

Although many people find January a rather depressing time of year; a time which can feel “flat” after the vibrancy and liveliness of the Christmas period, for others, it is seen as a time to make changes and this may include looking for a more rewarding and challenging job.

You can help yourself to do this by staying positive about your ability and available jobs. A positive outlook on life needs to come across well on your application form and at interview. Don’t gush, but do be enthusiastic about what you enjoy doing and how you think you will be good at a new job. Make sure you’re looking smart too. The new year may be time to invest in a new style of clothes and a new haircut.

Do look over your CV. You may need to update information and include more recently acquired skills. Have a look at transferable skills which may help especially if you are considering a change in career or want to try something different.

The new year is a good time for brushing up on rusty skills or for learning something new. Many local colleges may offer night classes in improving computer skills or in updating first aid training or even in improving foreign language skills.

Finally, think ahead.  When applying for jobs, do a little research into the the company to which you are applying and the job which you are hoping to do.  Think about your interview and even practise answering typical interview questions in front of a mirror.  You may feel a little silly but this could pay dividends later.

How To Find The Perfect Teaching Job In Oxfordshire

Whether you are unhappy in your current school, a newbie looking at the world of education with wide eyes and a hopeful grin or about to jump into education as a second-career seeker, you are entitled to work in a place that “gets” you and wants what you have to offer.

But remember, in today’s extremely competitive job market, teaching jobs Oxfordshire are few and difficult to come by. There are many qualified candidates. Teaching is one of the most fulfilling and stable jobs. Even though the job market is really tough, there are candidates who will still “win” the coveted few teaching job in Oxfordshire advertised every single year. Your goal is not to take the first job that is offered, but to get offered a job that will make you happy.


If you know you want to be working with a specific sub-set of learners, you can consider getting an endorsement or special training in a specific area of ESL, such as Business English, or Young Learners. 

Becoming a Supply Teacher in Hillingdon

Sometimes staying in the same place for a couple of years may not be one of your choices, but you find yourself into it just because you are on permanent employment. You actually feel that you are missing out on the social and cultural dynamism that the world out there has to offer or probably you are looking forward to staying in a particular place but you can’t make it. Imagine you can go around all this whole issue by venturing into supply jobs. In the UK most teachers are now considering Supply Teacher Jobs Hillingdon. This article explores various reasons that make this teachers choose supply teaching instead permanent teacher job.

  1. Work Study Programs.

Most teachers still have that feeling that they have not had enough of books or probably want to further their education to a much higher level. This is catalysed by the presence of numerous universities around Hillingdon. This makes them to seek time for their master’s programs away from the busy school schedule but at the same time earn some income to meet their requirements. It is for this reason that they consider supply teaching Hillingdon so as to get free time to further their studies.

Certain questions that always crop up at interview

For teenagers looking for employment – whether it is a full-time school leaver’s post or a temporary Summer or weekend job – having to undergo an interview may seem very daunting. However, it is worth remembering that the same questions will be asked at almost any interview and it is worth practising and preparing for these beforehand – sitting in front of a mirror, if you think that will help.

Tell me about yourself. On paper, this appears relatively simple as only you will know the answer but it can be difficult knowing where to start and what to say. Try not to waffle and do not go into reams of detail. Do talk about your interests and what you liked studying at school.

What are your strengths and weaknesses? For young people, employers will be looking for attributes such as: reliability, punctuality, good social skills, enthusiasm and a genuine interest in the job. Do not tell a prospective employer that you hate getting up early or that you like to mess around and have a laugh. Try to pick a weakness that can be turned into something positive. For instance, you may say that you can be quite chatty but that you enjoy meeting new people and that you are keen to help customers or that you wish you had better computing skills but that you are hoping to go on some training courses to improve these.

Why do you want to work here? Do some research about the company where you may be working. Talk about having an interest in retail and customer service or wanting to work with animals or having an interest in taking cars and motorbikes apart and repairing them. You can also talk about a convenient location or that a friend or family member likes working here (providing you think this friend would be considered a good worker!)

Have you any questions? This usually comes right at the end. You could say, “No. I think you have answered all the questions I had, thank you.” However, it does look impressive if you do have a question or two. You may want to ask about dress code, specific hours of work or the prospects of moving around the company and/or promotion.

So, to sum it up, be prepared, practise answers before your interview and make sure you turn up at least 5 to 10 minutes before your interview time.

Considering a career in retail

If you have teenage children who are desperate to leave school and academic life behind but are undecided about what they want to do in life, then a career in retail might suit them. There is much more to retail than just selling items off the shop floor and placing money in a till and many youngsters just don’t realise this.

Many retailers offer apprenticeships to young people leaving school. If a youngster is keen to work hard and eager to learn, takes pride in their work, has good communication skills, is happy to be part of a team, can show initiative and has a generally positive attitude, then these are the sort of qualities which employers are looking for.

It is more than possible to work one’s way up in retail, from starting on the shop floor with a handful of basic school leavers’ GCSE grades. Employers look out for employees with a good aptitude to the job and it is possible to move onto other kinds of jobs within retail which may be office based or accounts related, or which may involve working in HR, managing people or tackling logistics. Some jobs may require further qualifications or experience – for instance, fashion buying or brand marketing – but, by then, a young person may feel ready to tackle a university or professional style course in order to obtain the post that they really want.